Vibrant and well balanced, this wine features aromas of plum, blueberry and cranberry with hints of vanilla, spice and subtle oak. On the palate, juicy fruit flavors with a touch of dried spice are supported by a velvety mid-palate and firm acidity. The wine culminates in a clean, lingering finish.
Whale Rock Vineyard was planted in 2001 by Castoro Cellars and is CCOF certified organically grown. The name is inspired by the thousand of petrified whale bones from ancient times scattered throughout the property. The vineyard is located on the west side of Paso Robles in the "Templeton Gap". The climate is characterized by warm days followed by cool nights and mornings, and temperature shifts of more than 505 degrees are not uncommon. Soils are high in limestone and sedimentary rock. These austere conditions create an ideal environment for Zinfandel. The clone used for this wine is Primitivo.
Zinfandel grapes were hand harvested into half-ton bins and crushed into small fermentation bins. Following a two day cold soak, the bins were inoculated with D254 yeast to initiate the primary fermentation. To achieve maximum flavor and color extraction, the bins were punched down three times daily until the wine reached 6 degrees Brix. When the fermentation reached dryness, the wine was pressed and transferred to three new American oak barrels and two neutral American oak barrels where it completed malo-lactic fermentation and aged for 15 months.